Showers off and on through the week
October starts off unsettled
After a dry day Monday, a chance for precipitation exists in the forecast for parts of Maine through the remainder of the week. A warm front works into the region Monday night into Tuesday, followed by a cold front Tuesday night into Wednesday. High pressure on Thursday presents a bit of a respite before low pressure slides through the region on Friday.
On that late week low, the higher elevations may see the first snow flakes of the season.
Monday a dry, but cool day
After a chilly start, temperatures rebound fairly quickly and it appears to be a decent day overall. High pressure slides east, a southwest air flow develops, and clouds will be on the increase this afternoon. The high mark for temperatures of the day appear about 5° below normal on average statewide, with 50s to low 60s for the day.
Showers arrive Tuesday
I can't rule out the chance for some patchy frost in northern areas Tuesday morning, although that is cloud cover dependent. The more clouds, the more insulation to keep temperatures above freezing.
With the arrival of the warm front, southern areas see the warmer temperatures of the day with 70s possible for interior York County. With the expectation of more clouds and shower activity to the north, Aroostook stays on the cool side with 50s, and 60s for Bangor and DownEast areas.
With the frontal boundary, expect a breezy day with gusts in the 15-25 mph range possible through the day, higher gusts possible in the mountains.
Scattered showers along the warm front break out over northern areas Monday night and move to the southeast during the day on Tuesday. A cold front drops into the region Tuesday night, and may bring a brief period of heavy shower activity Tuesday night into early Wednesday for northern areas.
On general terms, not a whole lot of rain here. Most of the state can expect a couple of tenths of an inch, with a bit more possible for the higher terrain.
Cold air late week brings snowliage potential
A cold front that works into the region Thursday night may bring some light amounts of wet snow to the higher elevations of the state. At this point it does not appear to be a lot, and I don't expect what falls to hang around for very long. For those looking to capture the beauty of fall foliage with some snow for that special beauty, the Katahdin region may bring you that Friday morning.
For the rest of us, it's yet another reminder that we are getting closer to the winter that is on the way. It will be a cool, dry weekend ahead, but temperatures appear to warm up the following week.
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